Archive for May, 2014

MN GOP Convention Live Blog: May 30 – 31, 2014 – COMPLETED

MN GOP Convention Live Blog: May 30 – 31, 2014 – COMPLETED

Welcome to a live-blog of the first day of the Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in Rochester. I will be live-blogging the entire convention, so please check back for convention results. UPDATE: The convention took a break very early this morning and now has restarted. The live-blog below is a […]

2014 MN GOP State Convention – Predictions

2014 MN GOP State Convention – Predictions

The 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention will begin on Friday in Rochester. Republicans will endorse candidates for the U.S. Senate, governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. The endorsement for U.S. Senate is on Friday and the endorsement for governor is on Saturday. Below are my […]

AG Candidate Newman “Not Authorized” to Practice Law

AG Candidate Newman “Not Authorized” to Practice Law

State Senator Scott Newman, who announced his campaign for attorney general this morning, is “not authorized” to practice law in Minnesota. Newman’s campaign confirmed Newman is not authorized to practice law, but is working to reactivate his license. While the Attorney General “is the chief legal officer” in Minnesota, it is not a […]

Newman Announces Campaign for Attorney General

Newman Announces Campaign for Attorney General

State Senator Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson) announced today he will run for attorney general. Newman will challenge incumbent Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who was elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010 In a statement released from his campaign, Newman said: “I am looking to change the […]

Kihne to Challenge Loon in GOP Primary

Kihne to Challenge Loon in GOP Primary

Sheila Kihne, a Republican activist & author from Eden Prairie, will challenged Representative Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) in the House District 48B primary. Kihne has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Loon, who serves as the Deputy Minority Leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives, was denied the endorsement […]

Deadlocking a Convention for Dummies

Deadlocking a Convention for Dummies

NOTE: This was originally published on February 6, 2014. I’ve updated the post at the bottom with the proposed rules for the 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention.    In 1996, I was a staffer for former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz’s campaign and he was running for the U.S. Senate, […]

Nomination Dispute Triggers Carlson to Pull Out of GOP Convention

Nomination Dispute Triggers Carlson to Pull Out of GOP Convention

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Carlson will not participate at the 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention later this week due to a disagreement with leadership of the Republican Party of Minnesota over nominating requirements at the convention. Carlson’s dispute centers on when he was notified by the Republican Party […]

Balls & Strikes: Thompson’s New Focus on Fundraising is Too Late

Balls & Strikes: Thompson’s New Focus on Fundraising is Too Late

Dave Thompson’s gubernatorial campaign announced the addition of new “finance leaders” to his campaign team last Friday. Thompson’s new finance team is joining his campaign 332 days after he announced he was running for governor and also just one week before his campaign for governor could end at the Republican Party […]